Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 22, 2011 – Evening Edition


Panthers looking to deal as trade deadline approaches

Early afternoon musings: Feb. 22

Leafs trade is not imminent

Rumors from USAtoday

Rumors from the Dreger Report
Panthers looking to deal as trade deadline approaches

While the Panthers are busy playing four games in seven days in an attempt to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, it’s quite likely that a few free-agent veterans won’t be on the team next week.

Assistant General Manager Mike Santos said the phones are constantly ringing from playoff contenders looking for some of the Panthers’ free agents before the trade deadline ends Monday.

“We’re going to make trades to improve the team in the future regardless of where we are in the playoff race,” Santos said.

Among the potential Panthers on the move:

Cory Stillman, forward, unrestricted free agent: 37-year old has two Stanley Cup title, and 13 points in last 16 games; could bolster contender’s power play.

Tomas Vokoun, goaltender, unrestricted free agent: 35-year-old is still in top 10 in save percentage and could help playoff contender. He’s being shopped, but a $5.7 million tag is an expensive rental.

Bryan McCabe, defenseman, unrestricted free agent: 35-year-old captain wants to stay but despite $5.75 million rental fee would provide contender with invaluable leadership.

Radek Dvorak, forward, unrestricted free agent: Dependable two-way veteran with Stanley Cup finals experience, but has been hampered by injuries.

Chris Higgins, forward, unrestricted free agent: Recently recaptured scoring form, so Panthers would like to re-sign him.

Marty Reasoner, center, unrestricted free agent: Most consistent two-way Panther all season; has bolstered penalty kill and faceoff percentage; could trade and then re-sign.

Stephen Weiss, two years left at $3.1 million per: Teams lining up for him but neither he nor the Panthers wants to part.

Dennis Wideman, defenseman, one year at $3.9 million: on cusp of breaking franchise mark for power-play goals by defenseman, however, minus-23 makes him expendable.

Stillman, Vokoun, McCabe, Dvorak, Weiss and Allen have no-trade clauses, but likely would waive them for the right team.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-panthers/fl-panthers-trades-0222-20110222,0,1415195.story

Early afternoon musings: Feb. 22

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GM Brian Burke has already had a vast impact on this trade deadline, and he’s probably not done. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports Burke told fans at a Q&A session during Family Day on Monday he still intends to be active — but as a buyer now instead of a seller.

Mirtle writes that Burke is looking for a puck-moving defenseman, and names Colorado’s John Michael-Liles as a potential veteran addition or Atlanta’s Zach Bogosian if Burke tries to stick with his plan of adding younger players.

Burke also said pending RFA Clarke MacArthur could be on the move if his salary demands are deemed too high.

“MacArthur would give Burke another key trade chip to move, joining the two first-round picks and a third-round pick he acquired in the [Kris] Versteeg and [Tomas] Kaberle trades,” Mirtle writes.

Bogosian is precisely the type of player Burke appears to covet — young with plenty of upside and maybe a little out of favor with the current organization. It is hard to imagine the Leafs giving up a lot for a veteran like Michael-Liles, but Bogosian (or a player like him) could be worth a high cost.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/post.htm?id=437

Leafs trade is not imminent

Leafs trade for a d-man is not imminent as of right now. They felt closer to a deal this past weekend but it hasn’t come through so far…

http://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/statuses/40144103677231104

Rumors from USAtoday

The trade deadline season might be the one of the most dramatic in NHL history, and it doesn’t seem like we are done.

We’ve had a goaltender swap (Brian Elliott for Craig Anderson), a No. 1 overall pick traded (Erik Johnson) and now we might have found a proper winger for Sidney Crosby (James Neal). And there could be more fun ahead.

“I think we will see a lot of these rental players go between now and Monday,” Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.
Here is what we know:

1. Not all the big guns have fired. The Los Angeles Kings have cap space, and they have a desire to improve themselves for the stretch run. This is a team that could make some noise with the right move.

2. The Vancouver Canucks have played too well this season to stay inactive in the trade market. The news is apparently good on Dan Hamhuis coming back, but they still need to add a defenseman to offset all of the injuries they have had on the blue line.

3. The Penguins are still looking, although Shero indicated he is not willing to trade away any premium assets. For example, he said he does not want to deal his first-round pick.

4. The Florida Panthers haven’t decided what they plan to do. If there is another old-fashiioned hockey trade, it could perhaps involve Stephen Weiss. Several teams are interested in him.

5. The Buffalo Sabres would like to make a deal, but they have thus far found the prices too high.

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Rumors from the Dreger Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs have declared an intent to add another defenceman this week.

Sources say the Leafs have a list of five defencemen and trade offers have been made. But the Leafs may have to be patient and could very well be dealing right up to the deadline.

Colorado’s John-Michael Liles has been identified as a target, though the belief is that the Avalanche may not want to move anyone else – or will take the rest of the week to monitor where their team is before making a final decision.

The Leafs – along with a number of other teams – have also expressed an interest in Oilers forward Dustin Penner.

The Oilers’ message remains consistent for both Penner and Ales Hemsky in that there is no pressure to trade either given the fact that both players have a year remaining on their contracts.

The standard minimum of a first-round draft pick or highly-touted prospect is likely to be the sticker price for Penner if – or when – Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini starts accepting offers.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/dregerreport/